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Discussing White Rock’s future

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Public invited to view plans Thursday for new Visitor Center Complex

By Carol A. Clark

On Monday, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman explained preferred improvement alternatives to the N.M. 4 road alignment project in White Rock during a White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee meeting.

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A study was conducted and resulted in two options for creating a more attractive roadway. Those options are currently making the rounds of county boards and commissions.

On Tuesday, committee member and Chamber Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos addressed a gathering of Rotarians at UNM-Los Alamos about the work that has gone into the White Rock’s revitalization.

On Thursday, the committee is hosting a public meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Fire Station 3 to reveal the top two options for a new White Rock Visitor Center Complex.

The complex will include RV parking, a transit hub and a 20,000 square foot visitor center. Architects Mullen and Heller are designing the new visitor center. The firm recently designed the new animal shelter.

“I was invited by the Rotary Club to speak about any topic and since I’ve been really involved in the White Rock revitalization project I thought that would be a good topic to discuss,” Korkos said. “As a former business owner, I’d love to see the White Rock business district come back to life.”

The district has been dying a slow death for several years as business after business has closed its doors. An exciting plan to develop many of the empty business and office facilities also died following the recent economic downturn.

The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee has been

relentless in its pursuit of a better tomorrow for White Rock. The next project the committee is looking at is a catalytic project that will include a library, senior center and youth activity center.

“These projects by the county are intended to catalyze independent development,” Korkos said.

Korkos has been a member of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee since October 2008. She spoke to the Rotary Club Tuesday about when the White Rock Masterplan was first developed by a consulting firm a couple of years ago.

“The County Council had approved a $20 million budget for the revitalization effort and now we’re able to show the public that some of those projects are in the final planning stages,” Korkos said.

Korkos encourages everyone to attend Thursday’s public meeting to learn more about White Rock’s future.    

The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in White Rock. The meetings are open to the public.

For information, contact Steve Brugger at the Community Development Department at 662-8197.